Monday, November 27, 2023

Broadway Who's Who: Priscilla Lopez

An actor with a nearly 60 year Broadway career, our latest honoree is probably significant for different reasons to theater fans depending upon when Priscilla Lopez came into their theater-going lives. Early 2000s fans probably identify with her as Nina's mother in In the Heights, or more recently as Berthe in the revival of Pippin. If you were new to Broadway in the 80s, you might have caught her Tony-winning turn in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, or as a replacement in Nine. Through the years, she's been a steady presence on the New York stage in plays as varied as Extremities with Farrah Fawcett, Anna in the Tropics and recently in The Skin of Our Teeth and Grand Horizons. She also has amassed nearly 70 IMDb credits including theater-fan films like Center Stage, Ratatouille: The Tik Tok Musical and Theater Camp. But for most Broadway fans, it was her star-making role as Diana in A Chorus Line, making "Nothing" and "What I Did For Love" instant and enduring Broadway classic songs.  These days, she's giving an amazing performance in the off-Broadway musical, The Gardens of Anuncia.

Broadway Who's Who:
Priscilla Lopez

  • BORN: February 26 in The Bronx, New York
  • FAMILY: married to Broadway musician Vincent Fanuele; they have 2 children
  • EDUCATION: New York's famed High School for the Performing Arts
  • FUN FACT: she's the aunt of playwright and film director Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance, Red, White and Royal Blue)

Select Off-Broadway Credits:

- 1983; Westside Arts Theatre

The Gardens of Anuncia
- 2023; Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center; as Older Anuncia 

Select Broadway Credits:
She was supposed to make her debut in the ill-fated Richard Chamberlin/Mary Tyler Moore musical, Breakfast at Tiffany's, but did make it in the almost as ill-fated Henry, Sweet Henry. But she earned a measure of acclaim as the replacement for the role of Kathy in the original production of Company, followed by a stint as Fastrada in the original Pippin. Then came...

A Chorus Line
- 1975; Shubert Theatre (following a run at the Public Theater off-Broadway & on the 1st National Tour; as Diana Morales
⭐- Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award nominee; Special Award - Theatre World Awards

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
 - 1980; Golden Theatre; as company member/Harpo

⭐- Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award Winner

- 1971; Alvin Theatre; as Kathy

Anna in the Tropics - 2003; Royale Theatre; as Ofelia

In the Heights 
- 2008; Richard Rodgers Theatre; as Camila

- 2013; The Music Box Theater & on the 1st National Tour; as Berthe

Grand Horizons 
- 2020; Hayes Theatre; as Carla

The Skin of Our Teeth 
- 2022; Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center; as the Fortune Teller

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